Are elections a waste of time? Elections in Africa are always seen as unnecessary expensive formalities, a waste of time. True or false? During campaigns opposition parties garner support from thousands of youth but in most cases the incumbent is reinstated back to power. This is usually orchestrated by rigging of elections and intimidation of opposition supporters. On numerous occasions, imperial forces have propped their support for the incumbent regimes that support their vested economic interests.
As Kenyans head to the polls on 8 August 2017, they are once again poised at the cusp of history, where old battles and the possibility of new beginnings merge. Yet the most salient feature of this election has been the cloud of propaganda hovering above the unsaintly mix of the hopes and fears of a nation.
A number of factors contribute to the potential for an explosion of violence in the period immediately after any Kenyan presidential election, says Muga Wycliffe.
What does an African democracy involve and how different should it be from the Western democracy? Is it all about term limits? Many Western electoral observers come with their Western expectations of how democracy should function in a particular country and try to impose it. The question is, can respective African countries redefine democracy for themselves?
Having learnt from previous general elections, Nigeria is fine-tuning modalities to conform to global standards of electronic voting ahead of the 2019 general elections, writes Valentine Iwenwanne.
In 2002 Kenyans went to the polls. A united front was formed promising to fight corruption, and defeat the Kenya African National Union’s (KANU) led by Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi. Moi and his party was kicked out of power to chants of Kibaki tosha. With elections looming, and the same players in 2002 participating in 2017, will the new coalition defeat the present day government?
Kenyans go to the polls this August. Among the issues that are ‘do or die’ for the candidates is the cost of maize flour, which has been rising steadily for the last year. Several surveys have shown that Kenyans are angry, with respondents saying President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has failed to bring down the cost of basic necessities like food and does not deserve a second chance.
On the surface, Donald Trump’s earnest support from a group of secessionists in Southeastern Nigeria might seem odd, especially when one of the biggest charges being hurled at his administration is anti-Black racism. However, the Biafran support of Donald Trump is nuanced. They don’t agree with him on everything– but they don’t feel they have to.
We live in a world that is constantly shifting politically and at any given moment you can end up on the right or wrong side of history. The passage of time has shown us that we are not always the best at voting no matter how much we laud the democratic system and our choices are okay at best and dire at worst.
The election of Donald Trump as America’s 45th President is terrifying for many reasons. The American people have voted in a known misogynist and racist who throughout his campaign continuously spewed hatred at every marginalized community. When a leopard shows you his spots you should believe him.